…narcotics, terrorism, world crime movements, and organized crime are worldwide problems that don’t stop at a nation’s borders… Warren Christopher

The trade routes haven’t changed in over 100 years. From the southern border north in a flood, from the northern border south in a steady flow and through major ports in fits and starts illegal drugs flow into this country. The suppliers haven’t changed – drug lords who own governments and governments who own drug lords, impossible to distinguish which is which – the distributors have not changed, low-level expendable petty criminals too numerous to even keep track of let alone manage. What has changed is the profits. Once a sideline for organized crime that was subsidiary to gambling, extortion, prostitution and loan sharking the drug trade now rivals and even surpasses many Fortune 500 companies.


With this new-found success it is too important of a matter to be left to organized crime. In a world where established fortunes disappear overnight there must be an inflation proof source of replenishment. In a world where revolutions in the third world can not be financed through public means by the governments of the first world there must be a source of funding. Eliott Ness was very successful against Al Capone in Chicago – when he threatened to continue that success against an establishment family he truly became untouchable. The FBN – and especially its demise – seem to be proof of John Harrington’s epigram, Treason doth never prosper, what’s the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it Treason. A truly interesting book that raises as many questions as it answers.

The strength of the wolf: the secret history of America’s war on drugs London : Verso, 2004 Douglas Valentine United States Bureau of Narcotics, Drug traffic Investigation United States  History Hardcover. 1st. ed. and printing. 554 p.; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG  

Burning Opium Pipes
The Strength of the Wolf is the first complete history of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN), which existed from 1930 until its wrenching termination in 1968.

The most successful federal law enforcement agency ever, the FBN was populated by some of the most amazing characters in American history, many of whom the author interviewed for this book. Working as undercover agents and with mercenary informers around the globe, these freewheeling “case making” agents penetrated the Mafia and the French connection, breaking all the rules in the process, and uncovering the Establishment’s ties to organized crime.

Targeted by the FBI and the CIA, the case-makers were, ironically, victims of their own fabulous success in hunting down society’s predators. An incredible, never-before-told story, The Strength of the Wolf provides a new, exciting, and revealing look at an important chapter in American history.



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